chapter two - loyal fulfillment

Below you will find a sketch of how to use language to break with the frame of representation using language always already implies. When we write and read sincerely, we can de-sign the ever-shifting personae of "I" and "you" and so come into the singularity of right now, which is not a moment in time. These happy faces represent one way to do so.

Each eye frames a complemetary opposite: gift-giving and manipulation; responsibility and death; intention and invention; translation and mis-translation; ontology and life. Each smile represents a transcendent function, a Jungian term for that which progressively unites the opposites. For instance, by anticipating how our gift may be received through the exercise of logic, we can increase the possibility it will be interpreted as a gift and not some act of manipulation, though the final outcome remains forever out of our hands.

Ultimately, through self-conscious de-sign - that is, through willing acceptance of the fact that the "you" you think you are does not exist - we can read, write, speak, and listen from a place outside ordinary discourse.

the frame of representation

My thanks to Gustav Mahler and Rabanus Maurus for helping with this chapter.

chapter three